"Warden Van" the man with a plan.

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    I read about this warden who actually did plant a whole lot of dead inmates in out of sight out of mind places. What a wonderfully kind man.

    "Warden Van" the man with a plan.

     

     

    Warden Van ran his jail with

    coolness and elan

    he went to pick flowers

    from his little garden

    and put them safe away

    he believed in inmate freedom

    he often let them play

    yes, he thought to himself,

    I am a man with a plan

    some flowers died, that didn’t

    worry him much

    it may sound odd to relate to you

    that he always buried the flowers

    but not in his garden

    that was a special place beside

    the jail where

    he never mixed life with

    death

    sometimes the others

    would search and search

    for days

    then he kept himself

    occupied in many different ways

    eventually the search would end

    he felt free to return to the garden

    and reap rewards he’d earned

    the garden was weeded and kept

    so clean and nice

    he never let weeds grow wild

    to him it was a place to pick

    flowers bright,

    flowers others called

    their children, their brothers, their daughters

    the jail was kept by Warden Van

    neat as a place can be

    I guess you might say that Warden

    Van was the man with a plan.

     

    © Sam Hyde

       08-16-09 

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